Today's News

  • No more Monday court lines

    Monday holidays like Labor Day should no longer pose a problem for the Roane County General Sessions Court criminal docket.

    For decades, the docket has been heard on Mondays, but it will move to Tuesdays starting on Sept. 5, which is the day after Labor Day.

    “We have so many holidays that fall on a Monday when the courthouse is closed,” Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said. “The dockets seem to back up, so it makes them heavier. We’re not closed as much on Tuesdays.”

  • Storm the Fort

    Visitors to Roane County Park Saturday had plenty of chances for food, fun and a chance to give back to the community.

    Roane County’s volunteer fire departments got together for a community event to meet with the people they serve and to recruit new members to their crews.

    “Every department is in need of volunteers,” said Julie Griffin with West Roane County.

    She’s hopeful some more manpower will come out of the event.

  • Harriman bids farewell to beloved veteran

    One of the biggest cheerleaders of Harriman’s youth lost his battle with cancer.

    Greg Love died Aug. 27, and the community is mourning one of the most active members of the recreation community.

    “He was just a good guy. He helped a lot of kids,” said Drack Langley, Harriman public works director.

    “I’ve known him about my whole life. He was coaching for me when I took over in 1987,” said Langley, who was over recreation for decades.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: It’s a Cauley family affair at Terrace View

    I wrote an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant at Terrace View Marina in 2008.

    When I recently found out that Mark and Heather Cauley bought Terrace View in June 2016, I immediately put it on my list to visit again.

    My source on the ownership change came from a business associate who, along with myself and three other desperate Tennessee furniture dealers, in 1987 put together a Furniture Buying Group, of which I now serve as executive director.

  • 35 YEARS: Enrichment manager celebrates milestone

    Becky Woody has reason to celebrate.

    Woody, who oversees operations at Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s two Roane County offices, marked her 35th anniversary with the financial institution.

    She joins an elite group of employees who have achieved that milestone.

    Woody began her career with Enrichment as a teller at the Kingston Branch on Aug. 23, 1982.

    She was promoted to loan officer in 1985 and to senior loan officer just two years later.  

  • Mega school possible election issue

    All 15 seats on the Roane County Commission will be on the ballot for the Aug. 2, 2018, election.

    Because the Commission is the funding body for the school system, the election could serve as a de facto referendum on the high school building program that’s been proposed by the Board of Education.    

    “I think that’s a possibility,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Couple’s NASCAR discord leads to fisticuffs

    Dean Perry, a 53-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on Aug. 19.

    According to the incident report, Perry was upset because she didn’t want to watch the NASCAR race.

    “I spoke to Dawn Janow and she stated that Dean Perry, her boyfriend, had came home wanting to watch NASCAR on the television and that he had been drinking,” Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle wrote in the report.

  • ‘Emergency’ workshop hits the road

    The Roane County Commission’s Road Committee traveled around the county looking at different roads during a workshop on Thursday.

    Committee Members/Commissioners Benny East, David Bell, Junior Hendrickson and Ron Berry met at Harriman McDonald’s before leaving on the trip.

    “This was supposed to be a workshop,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “We can’t get anything done if we’re constantly holding meetings and not out here looking and trying to do what’s right.”